Human Resources

From employment law to compensation and benefits, FMLA and hiring and firing and more, Business Management Daily provides comprehensive Human Resources updates.

Discover how your colleagues – and competitors – are dealing with discrimination and harassment, employment law, benefits programs, and more.

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Controversial actions by three major federal agencies have businesses worried.
Good news if you need to protect your customer lists from competitors: You can require employees to sign confidentiality agreements to block taking customer lists to the next job even if it’s theoretically possible for the competitor or someone else to put together the same information from other, publicly available sources.
Prepare to add another problem that has flown under most employers’ radar: The risk is that they will be slapped with a huge bill from their workers’ compensation insurers, demanding payment for workers’ comp coverage for all those independent contractors.
Legislation before the Washington, D.C., City Council would grant District residents 16 weeks of paid family and medical leave, the most generous leave mandate in the nation.
A female airplane mechanic who alleged she was fired after she revealed her pregnancy to her employer will receive $60,000 in damages. Sierra Academy of Aeronautics, located near Merced, Ca., agreed to a seven-year consent decree, but admitted no liability.
Have you ever considered settling an employment dispute by having an employee promise to quit or retire, without any monetary payment? Don’t worry that such an agreement will later fall apart.
Here are some innocent-sounding blurbs that were pulled from some actual ads—but what are they really saying?

Employees who take FMLA leave are entitled to the same or an equivalent job when they return. That means that the job must be virtually identical in all aspects, including pay. If you change the pay, the reason is irrelevant—it’s an FMLA violation.

Almost every employer offers employees a handful of paid holidays. Otherwise, less than half of employers offer paid leave benefits.
Here’s a recent case that should make it clear to employers that it’s their responsibility to make sure employees aren’t sexually harassed. Simply put, you can’t tell someone going into an all-male environment that sexual harassment just happens and is the price for breaking down gender barriers.